In a heartrending incident, the serene dawn of Tuesday was shattered by the thunderous sounds of destruction in Kakamega's Milimani estate.
The scheduled calm of the morning was replaced with chaos as bulldozers razed dozens of houses, leaving behind a trail of wreckage and despair.
The reason behind this sudden demolition operation was an alleged expiry of the land lease where these houses were erected. However, the details surrounding the notice and its duration remain shrouded in uncertainty.
Unforeseen Devastation and Looting
As the dust settled, the magnitude of the disaster began to unfold. The demolition had left numerous families without a roof over their heads. But as if the loss of their homes wasn't enough, what followed was a wave of opportunistic looting. Isaack Too, a security guard, bore witness to the ensuing pandemonium.
He reported that the demolition which started at 3 am was soon followed by widespread property looting, with the displaced residents trying to salvage whatever remained of their belongings.
Police Intervention and Public Outrage
The situation spiraled out of control to the point where law enforcement had to intervene. The police, in a bid to disperse the crowd, had to resort to using tear gas. Amidst this chaos, Ahmed Muluma, a local resident, voiced his criticism of the demolition process.
He spotlighted the inhumane nature of the operation, stressing on the lack of adequate time given for evacuation and the absence of law enforcement to guard against theft.
A Cry for Help
The aftermath has left the affected families in a state of destitution, their lives disrupted and in desperate need of assistance. They are now reaching out to the government, hoping for aid and a solution.
As they grapple with the reality of their predicament, the question remains: What's next for the residents of Milimani estate?